A little wing-peeping goes a long way in New Mexico – especially with nearly 500 different feathered friends on its state bird list, four Audubon chapters and a flock of bird clubs throughout the state. Come springtime, Southwest New Mexico is especially flap-happy with migrations beginning in late April. More than 200 documented species descend on this extensive ecosystem, from Black Hawks and Cardinals to Vermillion and Flycatchers. The list goes on. And up. Some New Mexico natives – like photographer and pilot Chris Dahl-Bredine – take this influx of feathered friends as an invitation to fly right alongside them.